By Karen Hesse
Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse's Civil battle diary, a mild within the typhoon, is now again in print with a stunning new cover!
In 1861, Amelia Martin's father is stripped of his publish as a ship's captain while he's stuck harboring the chief of a slave uprising. Now he's an assistant lighthouse keeper on Fenwick Island, off the coast of Delaware -- a country wedged among the North and the South, simply as Amelia is wedged among her warring mom and dad. Amelia's mom blames her abolitionist husband for his or her residing stipulations, which she claims are taking a toll on her wellbeing and fitness. Amelia observes her mother's hate and her father's admiration for Abraham Lincoln.
But slavery is the deeper factor isolating the 2 aspects. because the Civil conflict rages on, Amelia slowly learns that she can't cease the struggling with, yet by means of holding watch within the lighthouse on a daily basis, lighting fixtures the lamps, cleansing the glass, and rescuing sufferers of Atlantic storms, she will be able to nonetheless make a distinction.
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I asked. Keeper Dunne shook his head no. ” Father guided him toward the head of the stairs, offering again to stand double watch as Keeper Dunne prepared to descend. “No thank you, John,” Keeper Dunne said. “I’ll leave you two to kindle the Light, though. ” And he climbed slowly down the stairs, his steps ringing like a dull bell. As we lit the wicks, I spoke almost in a whisper. ” Father harrumphed. I looked down on our house through the lantern glass. Mother used to stand and watch us kindle the lights as night fell.
Father heard her, too. A little later, when she grew quiet, I went in to her. She was sitting at her dressing table, gazing at the charcoal drawing of the cottage, which Father has not yet framed for her. I promised I’d row her to the mainland to visit Grandmother this weekend. “Thank you, Amelia,” she said. qxd 5/6/99 12:22 AM Page 34 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 I am heavyhearted. How could Father and I have made such a mistake, when Mother was doing so well?
Made haste down to the cellar to lift the boulders onto the lid of the cistern. It is my duty to keep the sea out of our supply of fresh water. Closing windows along the way, I rushed round and round, up the Lighthouse stairs. Though it was still early, the sky had darkened to where the Light needed kindling. Father, Keeper Dunne, and I pulled away the protective curtains, trimmed the wicks in the fourteen lamps, filled the wells, and lit the Light. We had not finished when the storm hit full force.
A Dear America: The Light in the Storm by Karen Hesse